Le Mystere des voix Bulgares

The voices of Bulgarian women are divine.  Bulgarian folk music stands out with incredible  vocal performances, in particular the layered, diaphonic harmonies along with an intricate multi-layering, and the timbre of the vibrato-free female Bulgarian voices. The Bulgarian folk performances preserve the unique traits of an ancient music, most notably the delivery from the diaphragm that restricted the vocal chords, enabling the production of the distinctive tones and drones beyond the traditional (read “western”) scale, as well as delivery techniques such as Melisma – the production of a single syllable of text in a range of notes or scale of quarter tones (to Western ears, a trance-like wailing reminiscent of Arabic chants or perhaps Flamenco), grace notes and trill, which punctuate the performances with a rarely experienced agility, grace and power.

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